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91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Enchants Millions, Ushers in Holiday Season

91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Enchants Millions, Ushers in Holiday Season

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com An estimated 3.5 million people were on hand for the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, amid perfect blue-skies day. Many had staked out their place along the parade route by 4 am, bundling up…

A Balloon Festival of a Different Sort: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation Draws Thousands

A Balloon Festival of a Different Sort: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation Draws Thousands

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com NEW YORK –This Thanksgiving, a magical march returns to the streets of New York City and to homes across the U.S. as the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the holiday season…

‘Fool The Eye’ at Nassau County Museum of Art Explores Artists’ Techniques of Illusion

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com You walk into the Nassau County Museum of Art, housed in the stunning mansion built for Childs Frick in 1919, the scion of Henry Clay Frick, and are confronted by a guard, hands crossed…

‘Darkest Hour’ Wins Best Picture Award at Gold Coast International Film Festival

‘Darkest Hour’ Wins Best Picture Award at Gold Coast International Film Festival

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com The results are in: Darkest Hour, a new film starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, is the winner of Best Narrative Film at the 7th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival. Best Documentary award…

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Just over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (#1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail), you see this grand mansion perched on the hillside, poking out from…

Fall Getaway in the Catskills: Thomas Cole National Historic Site is Site #1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Fall Getaway in the Catskills: Thomas Cole National Historic Site is Site #1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com The first thing you notice about the Thomas Cole House, “Where American Art Was Born,” is the view from his porch – out to the ridges of the Catskills Mountains, the Hudson River curving…

12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island Ends on High Note

12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island Ends on High Note

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com The 12th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island nestled between the tip of Manhattan and Brooklyn ended on a high note, Sunday, August 27. People of all ages, dressed to the…

‘Monkey Business’ Documentary Paints Touching Portraits of ‘Curious George’ Creators Hans & Margret Rey

‘Monkey Business’ Documentary Paints Touching Portraits of ‘Curious George’ Creators Hans & Margret Rey

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Unlike Ema Ryan Yamazaki, the director of the new documentary “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators,” who became enchanted with Curious George as a child in Japan, I only became a fan…

Nassau County Museum of Art Becomes Destination for Arts Education with Opening of Manes Center

Nassau County Museum of Art Becomes Destination for Arts Education with Opening of Manes Center

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Housed in what was Childs Frick’s natural history laboratory where he studied paleontology, the newly opened Manes Family Art & Education Center on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art…

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I must admit to relishing my stay in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, where I am staying at Mansions on Fifth, two mansion homes originally built in the early 1900s by Willis F. McCook, a prosperous…

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